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Abstract Title: Towards Understanding Classroom Culture: Students' Perceptions of Tutorials
Abstract: While research on educational transformation has traditionally focused on studying student learning outcomes, little work has examined students' perception of the tools and classroom culture associated with transformed pedagogies.  We present analyses of students' perceptions of the Tutorials spanning five years at the University of Colorado in hopes of understanding the meaning students are making of this reform.  We share results based on two types of data: 1) data from a 'Student Assessment of their Learning Gains' (SALG) style instrument, designed to identify students' broad perceptions of the utility and enjoyment of Tutorials,  and 2) more detailed survey data that targets students' perceptions of peer interactions and student-TA interactions in the Tutorials, as well as the coordination of the Tutorials with other course components.  We find themes that are consistent across Physics 1 & 2 as well as certain semester-by-semester (or instructor dependent) differences.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Chandra Turpen
University of Colorado at Boulder
4490 Ludlow Street
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 3037350458
and Co-Presenter(s)
Noah D. Finkelstein University of Colorado at Boulder
Steven J. Pollock University of Colorado at Boulder